by R K Garg
Chandigarh, October 4, 2020: In a Mall, a lift was about to move when a young boy, with ear phones planted on his ears, gate-crashed into the lift.
The lift became overloaded and would not move.
Everybody was looking towards each other… some were staring at the boy,but he did not and acting as if he did not know what was going on.
Everybody was getting late and no one wanted to get off the lift.
Though, everybody in the lift was fully literate/educated but no one budged.
After a lot of time, a physically challenge d girl on crutches came out of lift.
The moment she came out, the doors of lift closed and it moved.
No one could see the girl but then, really speaking, who was handicapped?
No doubt, we all are educated … we have big degrees and a great feeing of being one up others.
We get power to spot logic and pinpoint a lot of issues in everything.
We get into arguments with everybody.
Having got a degree, and perhaps a better job, we start looking down on others.
This way we narrow down our thinking process and we close our mind even to listen to others.
We remain confined to ourselves and fail to appreciate others.
That is why it is said that even after reading so many books no one can be a learned person unless he reads ‘dhai akshar prem ke’.
Bookish knowledge, many a times, makes us mentally handicapped.
Do you know that persons living in hilly areas, devoid of modern facilities, are very simple persons and better in concentrating say on meditation because their thinking is focused and not spread over the world due to their ‘theoretical knowledge’?
Merely bookish knowledge or being literate is not enough to make us lead a better life and help make a better society.
That is why it is said that every educated person is literate but every literate person is not educated.
Being literate brings us into narrow bracket and being educated opens up large horizon.
Our education system is such that, barring some professional courses, it makes us literate but does not impart practical knowledge, it does not give us a degree in behavioral knowledge and that is why we fail to appreciate the feelings of others.
To love human beings, to be a better person we need to understand and be educated.
Unless we learn to be humane we cannot be said to be a learned person
(The views expressed are personal of the author. If you wish to express your opinion, contact R K Garg at firstname.lastname@example.org)